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DA 23/03/18

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:57 pm
by zinzan
I will be away from computer access tomorrow morning, so probably won't get to post until mid-afternoon maybe.
If you can't wait that long, someone can put up some explanations.

Re: DA 23/03/18

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:21 pm
by zinzan
I did half of this early this morning and then the rest as opportunity allowed. It seemed quite easy to start with then a few slower ones happened before I looked at 23ac for 5 minutes, knowing the answer but trying to parse it. We'll see how it feels now that I am revisiting it all.

1) SEMIFINAL : sem(if)inal : the first of several with nice surface (*)
6) FIT UP : fit,Up : a convenient film title, yes, but there must be something else . . .
9) OLD AGE PENSIONER* : &lit (a,person,gone,idle)* : naggingly not sure if I've seen this anagram before.
10) AT LARGE** : -at-,large : great clue.
11) FEBRILE : Feb,rile : 'adjustable period' is a new way of looking at February.
12) PRAISE* : hm(preys)
13) ALT-RIGHT : al(t------)right : is alright a word ? I thought 'all right' was the true spelling.
15) ACT OF GOD* : (fog-coat-d)*
17) SIGHED* : hm(side)
20) TRIPPED* : ddef
21) TRIPLE J : trip,je--l<
23) COMMERCIAL BREAK : how 'leers' turned to 'le(ad)ers' ? By breaking it with an ad.
24) LURCH* : ddef : great character from The Addams Family.
25) ANNOTATOR : anno,(art,to)*

1) SKODA* : ok..s<,DA
2) MEDULLA : m--e,hm(duller) : trying hard to use 23ac.
3) FIGURES OF SPEECH : cryptic def . . . maybe a rebus : maybe I had f-g-r-- by that stage, or it was easy, or I was in a good mood, but I didn't mind this one. Others might.
4) NAPIER* : an<,pier
5) LANDFILL* : land,fill
6) FLIBBERTIGIBBET : f(l)ibber,(big,i,t)<,bet
7) TENDING* : ddef
8) PERMEATED* : p---e,r(meat)ed
12,22) PRACTICAL JOKER : practical,joker : short-sheeting. I can't remember why it was funny at boarding school but it happened enough until the perpetrators also realised it wasn't that amusing.
14) BOADICEA : boa,dice,a : haven't seen her or the Iceni (whoever the hell they were) in puzzles for quite a while.
16) TRIMMER : ddef : apparently a terrific thing is a trimmer. Never heard of it in 50 years until today.
18) HOLIEST** : ho(lies)t
19) ATTAIN : atta--,in : the taps are C and H.
22) see 12dn

I've given a few good scores recently. Due to decent clues for the 15-letter answers, no quibbles and a lot of good surface finally, I'll lay down a 8.5
I hope it stays like this. Hope.

Re: DA 23/03/18

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:16 pm
by Dr Bob
Thanks Andrew

I had my earliest ever DA finish (0445) but couldn't explain 23a - great work by you!
You are in danger of being perceived as softening and easily pleased, given recent favourable ratings (which I nonetheless agree with) - Don't lose sight of your grumpy old cruciverbal image.

Cheers and Happy Easter (a DA holiday next week?)

Dr Bob

Re: DA 23/03/18

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:32 pm
by afrit
11 Why is Feb meant to be an 'adjustable period'? In any case, too imprecise a definition given the answer is an abbreviation. Why not 'short month'?

Re: DA 23/03/18

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:51 pm
by zinzan
because February can be 28 or 29 days, yes ?

And lots of abbreviations are clued similarly to Feb. Often enough, 'doctor' clues GP etc.

Re: DA 23/03/18

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:25 pm
by afrit
There is a pretty direct relationship between doctor and GP which is not apparent between period and Feb. Month and Feb, yes.